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Performance & Hotrod Business - Mar. '15

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March 2015 n Performance & Hotrod Business n 55 Nova Sport Coupe. These new bodies will join Dynacorn's 1967-'69 Camaro con- vertible and coupe; 1967 Firebird convert- ible; 1969 Firebird coupe; 1970 Chevelle coupe and convertible; 1947-'50, '52-'54, and '55-'57 Chevrolet truck cabs; '65-'66 Mustang convertible; and '67, '68, '69 and '70 Mustang fastbacks. President and general manager Jim Christina points out that Sammy Hagar's Red Rocker '67 Mustang was built by Gateway Classics using a Dynacorn shell. Of course, repair panels for stock bodies remain popular—and neces- sary. Goodmark Products of Atlanta has released a number of new part numbers, most notably full factory-style quarter pan- els and a "steel" front valance for the '70- '73 Firebird; and floor pan patches, under- the-rear-seat pans, floor braces, and torque boxes for '70-'81 Camaros and Firebirds. "These second-generation Camaros and Firebirds are starting to make some headway," notes Tony Pascale, sales man- ager. Other new products include cowl- induction-style engine hoods for the '81-'87 Buick Regal and 2007-'14 Tahoe/ Suburban/Avalanche. "And we now offer a line of show- quality chrome bumpers for many of the popular muscle cars. These are plated here in the USA and carry a lifetime warranty on the finish." Additionally, Goodmark has retooled its '67-'69 Camaro quarter panels, and its front fenders for the '67-'69 Firebird, Camaro, and Camaro RS. "After years of stamping," Pascale explains, "any steel die panels will lose their crisp body lines. You will see wrinkling in areas such as the door jambs, where the steel is stretched around tight curves." Variations on a Ford As hot as muscle cars are, early V-8 Fords remain a hot rodding favorite—and there is no shortage of new bodies for these old cars, either. A new, optional curved windshield (and matching top) adds interest to the '32 roadster/convertible manufactured by Dearborn Deuce LLC of Branford, Connecticut. "The curved windshield lends itself to a high-tech build with a four-wheel independent suspension," says Gerry Caliendo, sales director. "Another new option is a zip-out rear window for the original top. That will be a welcome feature for people who like the traditional style." As we reported last year, the Dearborn Deuce is the only '32 "roadster" body that features a full convertible top that, when stowed, disappears beneath a hard tonneau cover so the car looks like a fully topless roadster. The body was engineered from the ground up "to modern technology and standards," as Caliendo describes it. "Our body contains nearly twice as much steel as an original. The floor is 10-gauge steel. We doubled a lot of the panels. The inner cage structure alone probably weighs more than a stock '32 body." Modern hardware includes bear-claw latches and gas struts to support the deck lid. "We stretched the doors 3 inches to make getting in and out easier. Inside, we found two inches of leg room and two cubic feet of trunk space, without altering the original exterior dimensions." Great care was taken to preserve a stock appearance. The Dearborn Deuce was judged Best New Product at the 2004 SEMA Show, and the company has sold about 500 units since then. Pete Chapouris and the So-Cal Speed Shop used a Dearborn Deuce body to build the Coyote-powered, gold-and-white road- ster presented at the 2012 SEMA Show to honor Alex Xydias' 90th birthday. The new top was developed in coop- eration with American Speed Company of Plymouth, Michigan. Its Speed33, like the Dearborn Deuce, features a fully disap- pearing convertible top. American Speed is owned by Mark Trostle, who previously spent 35 years heading up design for the American Sunroof Company, later American Specialty Cars (ASC). Dynacorn's newest release is a 1970-71 Dodge Challenger body. (Photo courtesy Dynacorn Classic Bodies)

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